Meet our board members

The Croton Harmon Education Foundation is managed by a committee of dedicated parents and community members. Get to know a little about us below.

 

Executive committee

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Rachel Wimpee, President

Rachel is a project director and historian of gender, culture, and philanthropy at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow. She holds a Ph.D. in French Literature and French Studies from New York University and taught language and the humanities for a decade. Rachel and her blogger husband Seth decided to move to Croton in 2009 for the community, creativity, and natural beauty, which they share with their two children.

Pam Gordy, Vice President

Pam Gordy is Senior Director of Sales at Carters, Inc. and has worked in the apparel industry since 2001, after earning a bachelors in consumer studies and apparel marketing from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.  She moved to Croton in 2009. She and her husband, a psychologist, have two children. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, she never thought she could adjust to living in suburbs, but she loves raising her family in Croton and is excited to support the community and school district.  

Allison Lehr Samuels, Vice President

Allison is on the faculty at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in the area of Entrepreneurship and is a Field Mentor at the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship. She co-founded the college’s pop-up makerspace and is the Director of Baruch’s Center for Teaching and Learning. She has extensive experience working with faculty on curriculum design and developing faculty development workshops that foster interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as online and hybrid learning.  She’s lived in Croton since 2009 with her husband and two children and welcomes the opportunity to work with the teachers and the community to build educationally rewarding experiences.

Richard Eberhardt, Treasurer

Richard hold a BS in Computer Science and an MBA in management from Fordham University. He brings 20 years of Information Technology experience in higher education. He has experience with infrastructure design and deployment, project management, and organizational change management. Richard and his wife Lauren moved to Croton 10 years and they now have two children attending Croton schools.

Jen Gleason, Secretary

Jen Gleason is an educational consultant for Teaching Matters, a non-profit organization in New York City. She holds a BS in Computer Science from Binghamton University and an MA from Teachers College. She and her husband live in Croton with their two young children. Jen is excited to be a part of CHEF and support the organization's mission to seed innovative student-centered projects in Croton Harmon Schools.


Directors

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Ratna Bindra,

Ratna is a Director on Pfizer’s Corporate Responsibility team, focusing on how to
position and increase awareness of Pfizer’s work in global public health. Ratna has more than 20 years of marketing and communications experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She holds a BA in Political Science from Boston College and an MPA from NYU’s Wagner School in Health Policy and Non-Profit Management. Ratna is very excited to be a part of this important organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the Croton-Harmon schools. Ratna and her husband, Raja, moved to Croton in 2013 along with their two children.

Jacqui Brabants

After stints in NYC and Rockland county, Jacqui and her family settled in Croton in 2010. Jacqui has a BS in Business Management from Binghamton University, an MBA from NYU and a certification as an Executive Coach from Columbia University. With her two girls in PVC, Jacqui works full time at Audible where she handles strategic planning and Executive PMO functions. Jacqui is grateful and excited to be a part of the CHEF board so that she can help further its mission of innovation in our schools.

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Jessica Roppa

Growing up in Queens, New York, Jessica fully appreciates the sense of community she feels here in Croton-on-Hudson. With three young children benefiting from our schools, she is excited to join the Croton Harmon Education Foundation board. A graduate of Binghamton University, Jessica has spent the bulk of her professional career as an account manager at strategic and graphic design agencies, managing the business between clients and the internal design team. In addition to some of the more industry-specific and task-oriented skills that come with that, Jessica easily connects with people and looks forward to working with the board, the schools, and the extended community.

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Michelle Minoff

Michelle's work experience includes a number of positions in marketing and advertising at multi-media publishers like Conde Nast where she led the digital marketing efforts of The New Yorker, Wired, and Vanity Fair. Most recently she has worked as an independent marketing consultant and served on the executive boards of the Croton Free Library, J-Baby and Young Judea's Camp Sprout Westchester. After growing up in Croton, Michelle recieved her BA from Brandeis University and her MBA farther afield at the University of Southern California before coming full circle and settling in Croton with her husband, Jim Kramer and her two children, Max and Madeline.

Michelle Franks

Michelle has over 20 years experience working in public schools and is currently a social worker at Greenwich High School in Connecticut. She has a BA from William Smith College, a MSW from Boston University, an ED.M from Harvard University, and holds a certification in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University. Michelle grew up in Croton and attended all three Croton schools. She moved back to Croton with her husband in 2000 and together they have two daughters; one at PVC and one at CHHS. Michelle is extremely excited to be part of CHEF and is eager to bring innovation and continued success to the Croton schools.

KATRINA KLIER

Katrina Klier is the Global Managing Director for Digital Marketing at Accenture. Previously she held roles at Microsoft and HP, focusing on delivering innovative technology solutions. She is an alumnus of Northeastern University in Boston and has lived all across the US. Katrina moved to Croton in 2012 with her husband and four teenage children. Placing a high-value on quality education was one reason the Klier family chose Croton as their home. Katrina is looking forward to working with the CHEF board to continue the organization's mission and to make a positive difference for Croton.

Catherine Blazek

After living in almost every major city in Texas, Cathy and her family decided to return to New York and moved to Croton in 2013.  She and her husband, Jeff, have two girls in the Croton school district.  Cathy is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and has a background in sales and marketing working in intellectual property licensing. She also has many years of experience fundraising for school groups and non-profits.  Cathy is excited to be a part of CHEF and looks forward to helping support the schools with exciting and innovative programs.


 

Get involved

We're always looking for volunteers who can help us with events and other projects throughout the year. If you would like to take part in this community-wide effort to raise money for our schools, please send us an email at info@crotonfoundation.org.

Join our board

If you have expertise in areas like marketing, IT, fundraising, event planning or just want to get more involved in helping the Croton School District, we'd love to hear from you. Use your skills and talents to help support excellence and innovation.

 

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